MLB star Ian Desmond on why he chose to opt out of playing

The two-time All-Star, who currently plays for the Colorado Rockies, first shared the news on Instagram in 2020.
3:18 | 03/05/21

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Now to the baseball star who walked away from millions. Colorado rockies player and two-time MLB all-star Ian Desmond revealing why he opted out of the 2020 season and why he's not coming back this year as well and I had a chance to sit down and talk to him about his decision to leave the field. Take a look. Ian Desmond with a spectacular grab. Reporter: Ian was on top of the world. That was terrific. The two-time all-star was playing in the major leagues. He was in the middle of a $77 million contract. Ian Desmond taking a home run from Louis -- Suddenly in 2020, he decided to stop playing. What led to that decision? There was a lot of things going on, we had the George Floyd events, the pandemic obviously was setting in. My wife and I were about to have our fifth baby. Reporter: Then just last week posting to Instagram, over the last few months I've had tough conversations, I've asked a lot of questions and done a lot of thinking. For now I've decided to opt out of the 2021 season. What were those conversations? I think the first one walking away from a lot of money. My desire to be with my family is greater than my desire to go back under these circumstances and play. To be exact, $13.56 million, with I is more money than most people can comprehend. That time with my kids is so precious so to me that will always trump money. But there were other issues at play. After deciding thought to participate in 2020, Desmond posted to Instagram, that biracial seat is a completely unique experience and there are so many types you feel like you belong everywhere and nowhere at once. You also talked about being a biracial man in America and also a biracial man in baseball. Have you had any racist experiences in your career in that regard gentleman. Like most biracial people say, it's not that it's necessarily racism, it's more of like just constant like jabs like, oh, you're not black because I don't talk in a certain way, I don't wear certain clothes or do certain things or listen to a type of music and also not necessarily white. It's like where exactly do I belong as a biracial man in the world, in the clubhouse and anywhere else. He's made it his mission to make sure all kids belong teaming up with the boys and girls club of America to find new town connections. Positive mentors and new programs. It aims to empower kids through sports. I hope colors of all kids of all races and ethnicities can experience the life lessons of playing baseball. Perseverance, determination, I feel like it's kind of being deprived in the inner cities and untouched areas. Baseball is a beautiful game, man, and it's got a rich history for a reason. Definitely a guy who loves baseball but he loves his family and loves helping other kids understand that, you know, sports is a way to a better life. He's really thought it through. He's really thought it through and not changing his mind. Now let's go to ginger.

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